Hey there dears! This is the first in a series of blog posts that will be focusing on identity, worth, and purpose as a young woman in the midst of a world that places value on everything but our Creator.
I think I do have a few guy readers, so for those of you who are, you can still read this if you do feel like it. 😛
But I thought it would be an encouragement to focus just a bit more on what God’s design is on the subject of worth as a young woman.
(At the bottom of this post I will be doing a list of the other places where some girls will be posting as a part of this series, if that’s something that you’re interested in as well.)
Without much more of my rambling, I’ll just let you read. 😛
(Another note…thank YOU SO MUCH Bethany Shastin for the awesome blog header)
Since I started listening to the Greatest Showman soundtrack, I was pretty much hooked. The music is so well done, the lyrics are catchy, and the words are relatable and deep.
One of my absolute favorites from this movie is This is Me. It’s a song about self worth, identity, and acceptance. I love it so much, and probably listen to it at least once a week just because.
But after really looking closely into the message and the lyrics of this song, I started to realize that as Christians, our message on identity might be a bit different from what the world tells us.
We’re not perfect
I could say with confidence that both Lettie and I agree that we’re not perfect. Lettie is an oddity, a so called “freak” for being a woman with a beard, which is why she joins P.T. Barnum’s circus. But later on when Barnum is the one that tells her that she and the other show members don’t belong at an upper class party that he hosts, this is when she begins to sing this song.
I am not a stranger to the dark
Hide away, they say
‘Cause we don’t want your broken parts
I’ve learned to be ashamed of all my scars
Run away, they say
No one’ll love you as you are
Something that doesn’t really get addressed in the song is the fact that everyone has “broken parts.” Everyone has scars, like it or not. That is part of life. That is part of the curse of sin to be broken, to know what it’s like to have pain, to hurt, and be rejected.
Although this song seems it’s mainly addressing the external flaws, it’s really about so much more. I know that it’s a heart issue, and that visible scars aren’t the only things wrong with us.
We make mistakes, we fall, we are broken. Utterly flawed and broken apart and worthless.
On that note I think we could all agree, but the answer to our brokenness is where Christians find hope, and where the world can find life and restoration they didn’t even know they needed.
The world’s answer
Lettie doesn’t know any better. She doesn’t realize there is another answer besides herself. Without God, this is the best we can offer, because we have to rely on ourselves for the answers and fulfillment and perfection.
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me
This the anthem of her song, the battle cry of those who aren’t accepted.
This is also the world’s answer. “Accept who you are.” Or, “be yourself.”
The only problem with this is that we’ll never be enough. I hate our fallen nature, but that is the curse of sin. We’ll never be enough to completely satisfy ourselves.
But those who don’t have Christ don’t realize that this world will never fill them. Boys, love, money, the perfect body, everything you ever thought you want won’t complete you and make you whole and beautiful and satisfied.
I fall into this trap too. It’s another part of our sin nature to try to find the answers in everything but the one and only Answer we need.
God is the answer
All too often I take the amazing gift of forgiveness for granted. I forget that without him, I am nothing. The answer to our brokenness and scars is found in Christ alone.
God sent his only Son into the world to become a perfect sacrifice, to take our punishment for sin and disobedience upon himself so that we would be made whole again. He calls us for his own, and reconciles us unto himself so that we might have life in his name.
The answer is found in our Savior, not in ourselves. He is the only one who can truly fulfill us.
The message of the world is to glorify yourself.
God tells us that it’s about glorifying Him. We are broken, but through him we are healed. All glory points to him.
But I won’t let them break me down to dust
I know that there’s a place for us
For we are glorious
There is so much truth in this, although I don’t think it’s quite what Lettie had in mind.
There is a place for us. It is God’s people, as his chosen ones who are called to bring glory to his name, not to ourselves.
There is so much peace and freedom found in bringing glory to another instead of ourselves.
And through God’s grace, we are beautiful and glorious. Not because of everything that we have done, but because of everything he has done for us. In ourselves we are nothing. He is everything.
Through his wounds, we are healed.
Identity is a struggle for all of us. It’s only though, when we start finding that our lives were meant to point to another, that it starts all making sense. And fitting in or trying perfect doesn’t matter as much anymore.
He is everything.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Sunday, January 20th
Olivia Giordano (intro and blog schedule)
Monday, January 21ist
Tuesday, January 22nd
Wednesday, January 23rd
A Kaylee Harrison
Thursday, January 24th
Saturday, January 26th
Kathryn O’Brien and Chloe Matsick
Olivia Giordano (Wrap up post and links to the rest of the posts)